Advice For Making a Lasting Impression During an Interview: Part Two

Impressions can make or destroy your chances of getting a position. As you already know, most companies nowadays pay equal attention to qualifications, impressions, and displayable skills. Here are some things you should know to give a lasting impression during interviews.

  • Create a lasting memory with a smile: Avoid hurrying out of the interview room; instead, take your time to smile and be courteous. Your disposition the moment your interview begins can decide the atmosphere of an interview. Your body language has a greater capacity for communication than speaking. Your nervousness is shown by behaviors such as chewing your nails, covering your lips while speaking, tapping your fingers on the table, etc. While speaking, sit upright and comfortably with your hands resting on your thighs.
  • Ask questions: The interviewer will ask you if you have any last questions before ending the session. Make the most of this chance to learn more about the prospective employer while also leaving a positive impression. Do not, however, inquire about holidays and time off. It’s unprofessional to inquire about your annual vacation schedule during a job interview.
  • Never disparage your former employer or the business: It’s possible that the initial factor that led you to quit your former employment was dealing with a lousy supervisor there. Whatever the motivation, disparaging a former employer is unacceptable and will end the interview. Suppose the interviewer delves into your reasons for leaving. Instead, describe the qualities you are seeking in a new position.
  • Maintaining eye contact often during the interview is also crucial: When someone asks you a question, don’t look away, and be sure to maintain eye contact throughout the dialogue. If you are being interviewed by more than one person, look between them often. Avoid looking out the windows, at your hands, or at your watch at all costs.
  • If you don’t know the answer, don’t appear as if you do: You are not required to know the answers to all of the interviewer’s questions. The challenging questions are just posed to gauge your level of understanding. The greatest response you can provide when you don’t know the answer to a question is, to be honest, and acknowledge your skills.
  • We often jump in on conversations because we have something interesting to say: When you are with friends, it is completely normal, but it is inappropriate in a job interview. In any serious discussion, never talk over the other person. Keep an open mind, pay attention to what the interviewer has to say, and then wait for them to finish their statement before speaking. You should also note that being too quiet is just as harmful as saying too much.
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